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Meryl Streep And Karl Lagerfeld Are In A Fashion Feud

The designer accused the actress of "cheapness."

By Jenny Berg
Spill the Tea: Meryl Streep Edition

Meryl Streep may not be on the best of terms with POTUS, but this latest feud is one we didn't see coming. If you can believe it, Karl Lagerfeld is accusing the beloved actress of some unsavory business. (Say what? Our Meryl?)

According to WWD, the Devil Wears Prada star was all set to wear a gray silk Chanel gown to the Oscars on Sunday. But after Karl's team was well into the design process for the custom look, they got a call from Meryl's peeps. (Dun dun DUN!)

"’Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us [to wear a different gown],’” Karl was allegedly told. As a rule, Chanel doesn't pay talent to wear its clothes. Karl was prepared to gift the custom gown—which he valued at $105,000—but he wasn't willing to slap a paycheck on top of that.

Karl summed up his side of the situation in a very K.L. way: "A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?"

It's not unheard of for labels to pay stars to represent their wares. But, a rep for Meryl refuted Karl's claim to WWD. The rep said that Madame Streep's personal ethics don't allow for her to accept cash in exchange for wearing a dress. Perhaps this was just a miscommunication?

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